Entrepreneurship Programs and the Modern University

Entrepreneurship Programs and the Modern University

Michael H. Morris, Donald F. Kuratko and Jeffrey R. Cornwall

After tracing the evolution of entrepreneurship within institutions of higher learning, the authors explore the key elements that constitute a comprehensive entrepreneurship program. Best practices at leading universities and differing kinds of academic environments are highlighted. They examine multiple aspects of program management and infrastructure, including curriculum and degree program development, where entrepreneurship is administratively housed, how it is organized, and approaches to staffing and resource acquisition.

Chapter 2: Organizational structures for entrepreneurship programs

Michael H. Morris, Donald F. Kuratko and Jeffrey R. Cornwall

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, management education, management and universities


Where does entrepreneurship fit into a university? From a structural stand point, where should it be placed? In an examination of the state of entrepreneurship education, Kuratko (2005, p. 591) concludes, ‘Entrepreneurship is new and it is about continual innovation and creativity. It is the future of business schools and it should begin to move into a leadership role.’ With the onset of the twenty-first century, entrepreneurship has indeed risen to a position of greater prominence and stronger influence within universities and schools of business. Yet the specific and most effective structural form that it takes can be elusive for some institutions. The organizational structures for housing entrepreneurship have taken various forms throughout the years. Often beginning as small initiatives, universities have evolved and grown their entrepreneurship-related efforts into programs, institutes, centers, departments and schools (Solomon, 2007).

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